Electives and Research Opportunities

Clinical Electives

Residents choose from a wide variety of traditional electives in the medical subspecialties where they have inpatient and outpatient responsibilities. Our entire competency-based curriculum is web-based and can be accessed on our web site.  Username = UMMC, password = applicant.  Residents choose from the following electives:

  • CCU Rounds pictureCardiology
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Hematology
  • Hepatology
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Hypertension
  • Infectious Diseases (general, HIV, oncology, transplant)
  • International Health
  • Medical Consultation
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Orthopedics
  • Psychiatry Liaison
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Women's Health

Residents are encouraged to create their own electives that meet their educational needs - whether at Maryland or other sites around the country and the globe. Other innovative electives that are available include:

Women's Health
Under the supervision of general internists and gynecologists, residents learn skills in office gynecology, evaluation and management of breast abnormalities, endocrinologic problems and identification of spouse abuse and domestic violence.

Hospital Medicine and Elective in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
These two electives provide additional training for those interested in a career in hospitalist practice. Residents learn the art of medical consultation and perioperative medical management under the guidance of academic hospitalists. They participate in quality assurance projects and learn about the business aspect of hospital practice. 

Occupational Medicine
Under the supervision of specialists in Occupational Medicine, residents evaluate patients with job related illnesses, participate in ongoing research or may work with with physicians at health facilities at industrial plants in Baltimore. See the Occupational Health Programs for more information. In addition, residents interested in a career in Occupational MedicineResidents may link their curriculum at UMMC to the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency at Johns Hopkins University.

Geriatric Medicine
Resident participate in a multidisciplinary clinic evaluation of the elderly, engage in inpatient consultations, and care for patients in the geriatrics inpatient unit and nursing home. Outpatient clinics provide residents with training on the management of frail elderly, osteoporosis and older patients with multiple comorbidities. 

HIV Service, Transplant Infectious Diseases and International Health
In addition to the traditional Infectious Diseases elective, residents may spend time with the Transplant ID service and manage patients undergoing organ transplantation. On the HIV service, residents perform inpatient consultations and care for patients in a series of very active outpatient clinics. Lastly, by designing an elective in International Health through the Division of Geographic Medicine and the Institute of Human Virology, residents may travel to research stations in Haiti, Central and South America, and Africa to engage in clinical and research activities. Through an endowment, funds are available to support travel for residents for international electives.

Transplant Nephrology
As the academic medical center with one of the largest number of renal transplants performed annually in the US, residents have the opportunity for a vast clinical experience on this elective. Residents learn the basics of transplant biology, the evaluation of patients for transplantation, and the prevention and management of post-transplant complications. Residents work on an interdisciplinary team along with transplant nephrologists, infectious disease experts and surgeons.

Research Electives

Residents are encouraged to engage in clinical or basic science research during their training. Through our comprehensive mentoring program, our residents are very successful in these endeavors presenting their abstracts at national scientific meetings and publishing in peer-reviewed journals. 

Residents receive close supervision by their preceptor throughout all phases of their research, learning the process from hypothesis development to IRB submission through experimentation, data collection and analysis, and formal writing for presentation and publication. Over 40 residents presented posters or delivered oral reports at the May meeting of the ACP each year.  We support residents to present their work accepted at national meetings.  The full listing of abstracts and publications for 2016-2017 can be found here and include 22 regional abstracts, 8 national and international abstracts and 22 peer reviewed publications!!!

With the approval of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), residents may train in the clinical sciences and clinical or biomedical research through the ABIM Research Pathway. This leads to certification in internal medicine after 2 years of clinical training plus at least 2 years of research in the setting of a subspecialty fellowship. Special requirements apply to each of the subspecialties. Several of our fellowship programs have T-32 grants that allow for a seamless pathway from residency through fellowship to an academic career. Residents accepted into this track are closely mentored by the Director of our Physician Scientist Program in the Department of Medicine. 

If you are interested in applying to the ABIM Research Pathway, see our Application Process to complete a Supplemental Application. Also review the ABIM Requirements for this pathway for more information.

Ph.D. Program for Clinicians

The PhD Program for Clinicians provides a rigorous, accelerated curriculum to train medical scientists for careers in basic or translational research in association with the research component of existing accredited residency and fellowship programs. PhD's are awarded through the Graduate Program in Life Sciences. These programs include: Biochemistry, Molecular Medicine, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitative Science, Epidemiology, Gerontology and Toxicology. See the Ph.D. Program for Clinicians for more information.